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Armenian Constitutionalism in the Late Ottoman Empire: Reform and Crisis in 19th and 20th Centuries
April 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm +04
About the Event:
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, blossoming constitutional movements in the Middle East drew participants from different ethno-religious (Tunisia, Mount Lebanon, Jews, Armenians, Iranians, and Greeks), cultural, and ideological backgrounds. These individuals relied on debate and interaction with one another to form coherence from a range of disparate views. This talk explores constitutional reform and the politics of communal organization and administration among Ottoman-Armenians by contextualizing the Armenian National Constitution (Հայոց Ազգային Սահմանադրութիւն/Hayots’ Azgayin Sahmanadrut’iwn) of 1863 as an element within the wider framework of Ottoman social, religious, political, and educational reforms in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Note: All the guests are required to present a proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 PCR test results or proof of being tested positive within the past 90 days.
About the Speaker:
Varak Ketsemanian is a PhD candidate at the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He is an adjunct lecturer at the American University of Armenia teaching courses on Middle Eastern history. His articles appeared in the Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association and International Journal of Middle East Studies along with many chapters in edited volumes. His edited book (with Emre Can Dağlıoğlu) Memoirs of Boghos Shadig (1874-1951): A Revolutionary from Baku to Marseille is forthcoming with Michigan State University Press. Ketsemanian is currently working on his monograph provisionally titled Armenian Constitutionalism in the Late Ottoman Empire: Between Reform and Crisis.